Hanging Lake, other trails closed due to fire, maintenance
September 7, 2016
Trails closed for fire, maintenance
A small 1/4-acre fire was detected within the Holy Cross Wilderness on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District and has resulted in the closure of two trails in the area. The fire is located approximately 2 miles up from the Fall Creek Trail from Half Moon Campground. Due to the proximity of the fire to recreation routes, Fall Creek Trail (Trail 2001) from Half Moon Campground to the north end of Constantine Lake and Notch Mountain Trail (Trail 2000) will be closed for public safety.
The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District and the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit (UCR) will manage the Fall Creek Fire with a confine and contain strategy, which will allow crews to monitor the fire from a safe distance.
These crews have pre-identified a management area utilizing natural barriers such as rock formations and cliffs as well as trails and natural fire breaks. Within this area, the fire will be allowed to take its course, as fire can be beneficial to the forest ecosystem.
The UCR has identified trigger points outside the perimeter of the fire. Should the fire reach these points, the UCR will re-assess as necessary. Occasional smoke from the fire may be visible from Highway 24.
For more information about the Fall Creek Fire, please call the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger Office at (970) 827-5715.
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The Hanging Lake Trail will also be closed for heavy trail maintenance on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will close the off-ramp to the trailhead overnight on Friday, Sept. 9. Volunteers from Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will host their annual Hanging Lake Trail workday to help the Forest Service with the maintenance of bridges, boardwalks and benches on the trail.
Work for the day includes installing chains for the barrier posts to protect the Spouting Rock sensitive habitat, removing graffiti from resting benches, bridges and rock walls along the trail, installing a composite board on the benches at the lake and installing new signs.
CDOT will physically close exit 125 and the off-ramp, and the Forest Service will post staff at the trailhead during the maintenance day.
For more information about the management of Hanging Lake, individuals can also contact the Eagle-Holy Cross District Office, or stop by during business hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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